How Kremlin propaganda made the EU an enemy in the eyes of Russia



A union that is both expansionist, interventionist and aggressive; as well as weak, collapsing and doomed to fail. Such is the image of the European Union in the world of pro-Kremlin media, as described in a recent study by the Wilfried Martens Centre.

The author, Kristina Potapova, explains that pro-Kremlin disinformation creates feelings of superiority among Russians, which in turn draws attention away from domestic problems. Narratives are multiplied not only in “news” programmes, but also in films, TV series, and other entertainment shows. This constant repetition strengthens the impact of the messaging.

“The Kremlin’s monopoly over the information space in Russia makes one thing clear: the rules come from above, and dictate what can and cannot be said on federal channels. TV news, TV shows and even Russian films encourage passivity in viewers, showing them that the world is a very dangerous place and that it is better not to leave one’s comfort zone. This causes people to be unaware of reality in the West and also makes individuals believe that they cannot influence their own lives,” writes Potapova.

The author argues that “anti-Western propaganda has increased dramatically since the 2011-12 Russian protests”, referring to a wave of demonstrations against the results of the 2011 parliamentary elections. She identifies three main myths that pro-Kremlin disinformation spreads about the EU:

  • the EU is aggressive and interventionist. It wages an “information war” against Russia and plans to seize Russia’s resources. The EU forces its Member States to adopt Russophobic policies, and plans to use the Eastern Partnership countries for relocating refugees, or as a radioactive waste dump.
  • the EU has almost collapsed, as it is unable to face the challenges presented by the migration crisis. Minors are raped in Europe while the rapists are not even punished. Tolerance towards refugees caused terror attacks. Fascism and Nazism are on the rise.
  • the EU is decadent. The whole West denies moral principles, while only Russia defends traditional values. Europe also attempts to legalize paedophilia. Democratic values, freedom of speech, gender equality – these all are portrayed as major attacks on Christianity, and also a Western attempt to deny the existence of Russian civilisation.

The study concludes that pro-Kremlin disinformation “has effectively shaped Russian society’s perceptions of the EU.” A poll demonstrated that only one quarter of Russians view the EU favourably. It also found that the adjectives Russians used most frequently to describe the Union were “hypocritical, multicultural, and decadent”.

“Coherent monitoring of the Russian media and analysis of pro-Kremlin disinformation are of crucial importance. These will help the EU to better predict Russia’s future policies and be prepared to react,” the author recommends.

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  1. Avatar Murf says:

    “The whole West denies moral principles, while only Russia defends traditional values.”
    I love this one the best.
    AIDS is the third largest killer in Russia but they are the morally superior culture.

    1. Avatar veth says:

      traditional values like invasions, downings of passengerplanes, massmurders, corruption, kiling passenger planes, journalist……………right?

    2. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

      To get a complete set of those “traditional values”, you can start with the seven deadly sins and/or with Proverbs 6: 16-19 and see if there is one item in the two lists don’t routinely commit on a grand scale.

      1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

        Proverbs 6:16-19New International Version (NIV) 16 There are six things the Lord hates,
        seven that are detestable to him:
        17 haughty eyes,
        a lying tongue,
        hands that shed innocent blood,
        18 a heart that devises wicked schemes,
        feet that are quick to rush into evil,
        19 a false witness who pours out lies
        and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

        That covers a LOT of bases with them indeed!
        IN SPADES!

        Must be by a Russophobe!

        1. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

          But indeed – thanks for spelling it out. Was it from King Solomon? Must have been a Russophobe for sure.

          1. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            Solomon “did” a lot of Proverbs — you are correct!

          2. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            “Vanity! Vanity! All is vanity!”

          3. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

            It’s difficult to choose because all the items on both lists fit so well, but if I were hard-pressed to opt for most typical vatnik traits, I’d settle on covetousness, envy, mendacity, anger, sloth, and vanity.

          4. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            For some lists — Protestant? Catholic? — “the 7 cardinal sins” — include “drunkenness” (updated to “inebriation”) is used.

            You list 6 per your above…. 🙂

            You are indeed “hard-pressed”.

          5. Avatar Oknemfrod says:

            Inebriation? Oh yeah. Wraps around the rest quite logically. Added to the list.

          6. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

            Something to be said for the KJ language…

            Only 1 error in it — forgot where …. but “big enough” if you wanna be as @ss about it. Quite naturally, this WAS EXPLOITED by — “the enemy of God”.

            The drop down menu gives a “choice” of “version” … Some are total sh*t!

            Young’s Literal Translation is most interesting. 🙂
            The word ” ‘ho ” is used extensively in it … the “newer versions” — the NEWEST — does not ever use such at all. 🙂

            The deity is rather straightforward you know … more so than most like apparently. 🙂


            Ecclesiastes 1


            Ecclesiastes 1King James Version (KJV)

            1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

            2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

            3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

            4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

            5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

            6 The
            wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it
            whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to
            his circuits.

            7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.

            8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

            9 The
            thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done
            is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.

            10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

            11 There
            is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any
            remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.

            12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

            13 And
            I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things
            that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons
            of man to be exercised therewith.

            14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

            15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

            16 I
            communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate,
            and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in
            Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.

            17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

            18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

            King James Version (KJV)

    3. Avatar Andrew Chmile says:

      They LOVE to screw each other up the @ss for all their RUSKI BS talk!

      AIDS IS A “DISEASE” of homos!

  2. Avatar zorbatheturk says:

    RuSSia has only enemies. The reason is simple: RuSSians are a$$holes.

    1. Avatar slavko says:

      That was most accurately and diplomatically written!